We’ve been waiting for sweaters and boots, pumpkin spice lattes, bonfires, and snuggles for months. Fall is such a well-loved time of year, and I want to help make sure you don’t miss out on your favorite activities. I seriously love how excited people get about this season, and I’m here to help ensure you enjoy this Fall in a healthy, active way. Make memories, keep moving, and have a blast!
Start checking off the items for your Healthy Fall Bucket List, and make these health-ified versions of your favorite Fall treats! By eating healthier, you’ll find you feel better in your leggings and have more energy to do these fun activities and make this a memorable season for you and your loved ones!
And the best part? A lot of these are free or very affordable!
Fall Bucket List Activities
Go On a Hike
Hiking is so fun. And it helps build great legs and nice caboose. Fall is one of the best times of year to hike- go find the best foliage around!
Rake and Jump In Leaves
You’ve got to rake them anyway, so you might as well play in them. Jumping in leaves is not just for kids, but you can involve them in this “chore” to spend some quality time together. If you don’t have leaves to rake, ask a friend or family member if you can do theirs- combine activity + good deeds + memories!
Go with friends or take your kids to a local corn maze – get lost while burning calories and then finish the afternoon with a hot apple cider or some kettle corn.
Unless you’re Tom Haverford, camping will get you out of your sweats/couch/Netflix routine and get you moving and making memories with your friends or family. Build a fire, explore, pitch a tent- don’t underestimate the value of just being active, even if it’s not a specific workout.
Bonus: try holding a squat while you make your s’more to make sure you’ve earned it ;)
Go Apple Picking
Depending on where you live, it might still be apple picking season. What a fun, healthy way to spend a gorgeous Fall day! You’ll walk, get on your tippy toes, squat down, and probably carry a kid or basket of apples- and you get to leave with healthy snacks!
Walk or Run a 5K
‘Tis the season for 5K’s! Even if you haven’t been training, the entrance fee usually goes to a charity, so why not do it? Sign up, walk, run, or do a combo of both, and spend time with friends and while making new ones! It’s always good to find friends who will be active with you!
Go to a Pumpkin Patch
Where I come from, there’s something called Pumpkin Fantasy Land, and I have such great memories of going! Being outside is known to reduce stress, so whether you have kids or not get on out to your local pumpkin patch and walk around until you find the perfect pumpkin!
Carve Your Pumpkin and Roast the Seeds
Carving your pumpkin requires core and upper body strength, and by saving your seeds you can roast them for a healthy snack! We like to roast them ASAP so we can eat them while finishing our perfect pumpkins.
Here’s my Fit Tutor pumpkin from last year:
Go to a Haunted House or Forest
OK, this is sooo not my thing, but it’s definitely an activity that will keep you on your feet and get your heart rate up! The last time I went I ran from a guy with a chainsaw, so I guess they include some high intensity intervals, too!
Collect Leaves and Pinecones
You can do this for fun or for crafts! Go on a stress-relieving walk or an adventure with the kids to find the most beautiful leaves of the season. Bring them home and channel your inner Pinterest-ista.
Some of my favorite Fall memories involve sweatpants and football catch in the yard with my brother and dad. Play catch, kick the soccer ball around, pepper a volleyball, work on your short game for golf- get outside, enjoy the weather, and stay active.
Go on a Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of Fall things you want to see and head out on an adventure. You could make this a Friday night with your friends or a fun afternoon with the kids. Be creative, take pictures, make it a competition, and make sure there’s lots of walking and adventuring involved!
Have a Fall Photoshoot
You can walk or hike around and take pictures of foliage or nature, even if you don’t have a fancy camera. You could also take mock senior pictures or family photos. Get dressed up and head downtown or to some pretty scenery and have fun taking photos all day. Of course hiring a local pro would be even better, but remember the point here is fun, fall, and active. Set the self-timer and work on those jumping photos!
Have a Bonfire
Don’t just have it- help get ready for it! Help chop wood, or at least carry it from the car to the fire pit. Pick up and arrange chairs around the fire, walk around and find sticks that are good for roasting marshmallow, etc. If you can’t host, call a friend and offer to help set up – or organize games for the kids. The more you are on your feet, the better. Stand around and talk to your friends during the party, and offer to get them cider refills or another pumpkin beer.
Hay Bail Toss!
Yes… seriously. I went to a school that had “drive your tractor to school” day and hay bail toss competitions for homecoming. But why not try it? It’s a full body workout + a little competition + a lot of laughs.
Put on, attend, or help with a local Fall festival. Bob for apples, do wheelbarrow races, ring toss, play corn hole- stay on your feet, laugh, and try all of the activities available.
Go For a Walk, Run, or Bike Ride
Fall and Spring weather are my favorites! I make sure I enjoy the leaves and the weather by walking (or running) my dogs outside. Replace the dogs with your significant other and turn it into a romantic stroll. It’s also a perfect time of year for a ride on your local greenway! Being outside is good for the soul, so make every effort to make the most of the weather (OK, after Joaquin leaves…).
Yeah, that’s not very Fall, huh? But wearing skinny jeans or leggings with boots is, and not having a visible muffin top in your favorite sweater is always an ego boost. You’re worth it. Try The Fit Tutor 2 weeks free and learn how to get the body you want in the comfort of your own home. I can help you manage the holiday foods and lose weight and fit workouts into your busy schedule.
Here are a few other ideas to make the most of this season: diffuse essential oils like thieves or clove (or other Falls scents), learn how to knit, build a fort, paint a Fall scene, have a craft night with friends, go zip lining, do a ropes course, go white water rafting, host a pinterest party where everyone brings a new healthy recipe, spend a day making crockpot freezer meals with your best friend, stand up for most of the game while watching your kids play sports, plant bulbs….
What would YOU add to this list? Tell us in the comments! :)
Happy Fall, everyone! It’s easy to make this a healthy season if you’re intentional. You can do it! Check out my latest post with Healthy Fall Recipes– yummy, healthy versions of your fave Fall foods!
I LOVE being on this health journey with you!